Sat10252014

Letters to the Editor

Extend library parcel tax

On June 8, voters in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills will be asked to vote on whether or not to extend the library parcel tax. This tax has allowed our libraries to remain open maximum hours and in other ways enhanced our use and enjoyment of the libraries.

Our libraries are consistently at the top of Santa Clara County’s library system in usage. They fulfill a valuable role as our civic, cultural and arts centers – an important institution of community life. They serve populations of all ages, from small children to senior citizens. Without them, we would be a community without a center. They deserve our support.

Penny Lave

Los Altos

Medical building too big for area

The first mandate in the Los Altos city zoning municipal codes for the Altos Oaks area is to “Ensure the retention of design and scale compatible with the surrounding residential properties.” This rule is first because it is the most important. Yet the Los Altos Planning Commission has approved in principle the plans for the two-story, 8,545-square-foot cosmetic surgery facility that the Palo Alto Medical Foundation has requested for the corner of Fremont Avenue and Altos Oaks Drive.

A building of that size is not in keeping with the area. Not only is there no other two-story medical building on that street, but the height of the proposed building exceeds the maximum limit defined by statute.

The issue is the scale of the structure. The proposed building is not appropriate for that particular location. It is just too big. It could set a precedent for converting the entire street.

Have other options been considered to keep this facility closer to the ground, more in line with the look and feel of the neighborhood?

Please send these plans back. We need a more suitable design that keeps the “scale compatible with the surrounding residential properties.”

Linda and Duard Slattery

Los Altos

Downtown fixes bad for business

The May 12 cover story on construction scheduled for downtown Los Altos raises many concerns about the impact this 18-month project will have on the already struggling businesses in the downtown triangle, particularly those on the 300 block of State and Main streets.

I disagree strongly with the city that this is the optimum time to do these projects. How many more businesses on the cliff’s edge will fail with the additional difficulties posed by this project?

Special Projects Manager Dave Brees states he has communicated the plans to “every” business owner and has received strong support for the project. I’m not sure this is the case. Prior to reading the Town Crier article, I and at least two other business owners on Main and State streets knew little to nothing about the project, its schedule and its potential impact on our businesses.

A meeting with Brees and the business and property owners to answer questions directly is called for ASAP.

Fred Sischka

FastFrame of Los Altos

Ban barriers at Covington School

As a local high school student who enjoys outdoor activities, I am disappointed that the city of Los Altos restricts access to the excellent athletic facilities near Covington School. Months ago, barriers were installed by the city to prohibit vehicle access and parking near the tennis courts and the Covington baseball and soccer fields.

In an era of widespread childhood obesity, I can’t comprehend why the city council would spend city resources on limiting access to public tennis courts and fields. Instead of spending money to encourage youth athletics, the council is spending money to impede outdoor recreation in our community.

I urge those inconvenienced by the council’s imprudent decision to demand a legitimate reason as to why the barriers are necessary.

George Cooper

Mountain View

Olympic athletes bartend to fight cancer

Please join us and meet two world-class athletes, Christine Thorburn, a road cyclist with appearances in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, and her husband, Ted Huang, who represented Taiwan as a windsurfer at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic games.

We are fortunate to have them as guest bartenders 5-8 p.m. June 10 at Maltby’s (Fourth and State streets). All tips are donated to the seventh annual Los Altos Relay For Life in the fight against cancer. For more information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Ron Labetich

Los Altos

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